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Woman allegedly shoves cash into mother's mouth, threatens to kill her in Glendale

July 17, 2013|By Veronica Rocha, veronica.rocha@latimes.com

A 50-year-old woman on Tuesday pleaded not guilty to charges that she threatened to kill her mother after multiple assaults, one of which involved shoving money in her mouth at a home in Glendale.

Zaruhi Pilikyan was arrested Monday in Little Armenia on an outstanding arrest warrant stemming from the alleged assaults, which police said started July 1 after she broke into her sister’s house.

After being asked to leave, Pilikyan allegedly started yelling and pushing her 86-year-old mother against cabinets, and choked and threatened to kill her as she tried to break free, police said.

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Pilikyan’s sister, weak from chemotherapy, was unable to intervene, according to police.

After allegedly stomping on her mother’s bare feet, police say Pilikyan then grabbed her sister’s purse containing $200 and ran out of the apartment.

Two days later, Pilikyan allegedly broke into her sister’s home again, this time screaming as she forced her mother’s jaw open and shoved a wad of money inside, police said.

Pilikyan fled the scene before police arrived.

Her sister told officers Pilikyan was angry because she stopped receiving state-funded caregiver assistance when her mother moved out her home in Hollywood, police said.

Pilikyan faces one count of first-degree burglary with a person present and one felony count of elder abuse, according to Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

A judge also granted protective orders for Pilikyan’s mother and sister, according to Glendale police.

Pilikyan remains in custody in lieu of $100,000 bail and is due back in court July 24.

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